Daniel Beltrá – Born in Madrid, Spain, Daniel Beltrá is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His passion for conservation is evident in images of our environment that are evocatively poignant. The most striking large-scale photographs by Beltrá are images shot from the air. This perspective gives the viewer a wider context to the beauty and destruction he witnesses, as well as revealing a delicate sense of scale. After two months of photographing the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Oil Spill, he produced many visually arresting images of the man-made disaster. His SPILL exhibit premiered in August 2010, toured around the globe in 2011 and will continue into 2012.
Jeff Rich – Jeff Rich’s work focuses on water issues ranging from recreation and sustainability to exploitation and abuse. Jeff explores these subjects by using long-term photographic documentations of very specific regions of the United States. Jeff received his MFA in photography at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia. Jeff’s project “Watershed: A Survey of The French Broad River Basin” was awarded the 2010 Critical Mass Book Award, and was published as a monograph in 2012. His work has been featured on Flak Photo and as one of Daylight Magazine’s monthly podcasts, and has been exhibited internationally.
Jennifer Kayle – Jennifer Kayle is Associate Professor and Co-Director of the MFA Program in Dance at University of Iowa holding a BA from Middlebury College, MFA from Smith College. Her choreography is deeply informed by improvisational research, and by collaborative process as a form of collective knowledge-production. Kayle’s work has been chosen for festivals, for Regional & National GALA concerts, and for grants including an NEA/CBE project to investigate improvisational methods for choreography. Kayle’s dancing has been referred to as having “muscular presence” (Dance Source Houston), while her work has been reviewed as “provocative, tight, with wit and stage craft…serious chops” (Vox Fringe, MN), “distinct… affecting scenes.” (Hampshire Gazette, MA). Improvisation is at the root of Jennifer’s artistic practice. She traces her dance heritage to Judith Dunn/Bill Dixon who developed a unique improvisology for dancers and musicians at Bennington College. Together with The Architects, she is founder of MICI: Movement Intensive in Compositional Improvisation, a professional laboratory dedicated to performance improvisation, and to expanding the range of compositional possibilities. Other teaching and compositional experiments explore the “body of objects,” composing relationships between objects, dancers, and surrounding architecture. Her abiding interest in combining dance and spoken word has produced many works of “movement theatre,” researching the unique poetic effects of the body/word relationship.
Jason Palamara – Jason currently works as an audio engineer and composer for the University Of Iowa Department Of Dance. Jason composes music for many dance department projects, specializing in electroacoustic music, collaboration, improvisation and audience engagement. In his spare time, he teaches songwriting and musicianship to the inmates at Oakdale Community Prison. Listen to samples of his music on his soundcloud.